Monthly Archives: February 2012

Shingles vaccine rebate!

The shingles vaccine, Zostavax, can have a pricey out-of-pocket co-pay.  The vaccine maker is offering up to $140 to reimburse the patient for that out-of-pocket payment. If you are older than 60, have had chicken pox, and have NOT been … Continue reading

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Harmful supplement ingredient, DMAA.

Here is an interesting article about DMAA, a supplement that some take before workouts.  Read on . . . http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/03/business/army-studies-workout-supplements-after-2-deaths.html?_r=1&ref=health

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Bullying.

I recently read a physician commentary on bullying.  This was juxtaposed to a discussion with a friend (a bright, articulate, loyal, well-liked woman) who is being bullied by another adult woman.   Here are some well researched thoughts about bullying—the individual’s … Continue reading

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Decrease YOUR chance of breast cancer. . .

There are many things in life that we cannot change: our age, our gender, our family history. But, there are (what we physicians call) modifiable risk factors. To decrease your risk of breast cancer, follow these. . . . avoid … Continue reading

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2 Tylenol changes: Packages recalled AND Change in medication strength.

Recall:  Tylenol has recalled nearly 600,000 infant Tylenol packages.  Click onto the Tylenol website below to see if your bottle needs to be returned. http://www.tylenol.com/page2.jhtml?id=tylenol/news/subp_tylenol_recall_8.inc Strength change: Liquid acetaminophen for infants has always been available in one dose.  That dose … Continue reading

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E-cigarettes?

E- cigarettes and tobacco lozenges are purported as a way to stop smoking.  But, the Institute of Medicine would like you to rethink that. There is too little known about whether they actually pose less risk than do traditional tobacco … Continue reading

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Wart treatment

If you are patient, there is a good chance that your (nongenital) wart will go away with no treatment.  In fact, 48% of warts resolve in 12 weeks. If you are NOT that patient, then two other suggestions are topical … Continue reading

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The HPV vaccine is effective!

A study recently showed that HPV vaccine helped protect women against several types of cervical cancer for up to 7 years.   Seven years.  Pretty good. 2650 young women were vaccinated with quadrivalent HPV vaccine and there were no cases of severe … Continue reading

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What side effects to expect from your hormonal contraception?

Hormonal contraceptives are medicines (with hormones in it)that decrease your risk of getting pregnant.  This can be in the many forms: a pill, a patch, a ring inside the vagina, implants under the skin, or an intrauterine device. Most women … Continue reading

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Do your child’s toes point inward when walking? What should you do?

Intoeing is a term describing toes pointing to each other while walking.  This can be concerning for parents.  An accurate diagnosis can be made with a history and exam. As a physician, I want to know when it started associated symptoms … Continue reading

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